If you enjoyed David Fincher’s 2011 adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo… well, we’ve got some good news, some mediocre news, and some bad news concerning the follow-up film, The Girl Who Played With Fire, in which the titular character, Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara), is framed for the murder of two journalists.  Read ‘em and weep below.

First, the good news—despite some less than expected box office, the sequel is still happening.  Steven Zaillian, who wrote the script for the 2011 film, is hard at work scripting the sequel, which ties the frame-job mentioned above into a story in which Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) investigates the sex-trafficking of underage girls in Sweden.  So the sequel is still happening.

The so-so news?  Still no word on whether or not David Fincher will return to the franchise to direct the second and third films in the series.  Unlike Craig and Mara, Fincher is not contractually obligated to return.

And now the bad news for fans of the first film.  Zaillian is still working on the screenplay, and nothing will move forward until he completes a final draft.  Meaning that the earliest that The Girl Who Played With Fire would hit a theater near you is sometime in 2014, two years from now.  So be strong, Girl fans.

What do you think of the Girl news?

Source: Coming Soon